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Sisters and Brothers

Fight Hunger: Invest in Women Farmers

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      Oxfam America

Hunger is not about too many people and too little food. It's about poverty--and inequality. And women and girls face the greatest inequalities of all.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Oxfam has brought together a diverse group of American women as Sisters on the Planet. We are raising awareness about climate change, hunger, and other crises facing women in poor countries. We are using our influence to support women as they fight poverty and hunger now and for generations to come.

Now it's your turn.

Add your voice: Become a Sister (or a Brother) on the Planet.

Hunger is not about too many people and too little food. Power and politics determines who eats and who doesn't.

Three quarters of our planet's hungriest people live in rural areas, where most of them work as farmers, herders, or fishers. They are surrounded by the means to produce food, and yet many go hungry.

Meanwhile, fertile land and water are becoming scarce. Erratic growing seasons, water shortages and rising temperatures caused by climate change are already hurting farmers. Oxfam calculates that by 2015 over 375 million people, most of them poor, will be affected each year by climate-related disasters like hurricanes and floods.

In many countries, women are the primary food producers. Yet women face hunger and poverty more frequently than men. Hungry mothers give birth to low birthweight children, renewing a generational cycle of inequality.

Oxfam has brought together a diverse group of American women as Sisters on the Planet. Today is International Women's Day, the Sisters on the Planet are raising awareness about climate change, hunger, and other crises facing women in poor countries. We are using our influence to fight poverty and hunger now and for generations to come.

Add your voice: Become a Sister (or a Brother) on the Planet by signing the pledge right now -- and then upload your own photo to join the movement!

To:
Sisters and Brothers, on the Planet
... join other Sisters and Brothers to raise awareness about climate change, hunger, and other crises facing women in poor countries. We are using our influence to fight poverty and hunger now and for generations to come.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    7. Report shows women farmers are a force for fighting food shortages

    8. Women farmers in Pakistan grow 80 per cent of food

    9. Reached 1 signatures
    10. Oxfam America works to make give the world's 400 million small farmers a better chance to earn a decent living.

    11. Reached 1 signatures
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    13. The UN says empowering women in agriculture could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100 million to 150 million

    14. Reached 5 signatures

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    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was going to do a protest march later in 1968 as to why the US is so rich yet poverty does not discriminate of gender and race. A caste similar to one that was outlawed but still practiced in India is happening in the US. This is documented with their information available for those who not believe me to scrutinize.

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    • Carla Compton PLACERVILLE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      No one should EVER have to go hungry!!! That's why I support this issue!!!

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    • Dianne Hillier LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      Compassion is the source of happiness in life….Without loving kindness and compassion, there is no peace or happiness in the family, the society, the country, or the world. 'With the Medicine Buddha mantra you can liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of suffering and bring them to enlightenment.' - Lama Zopa. Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha BeKanze Radza Samudgate Soha

      - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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